Interview with L. P. Dover, author of Hard Stick
15 Jun 2017
What can you tell us about your new release, Hard Stick?
I love Hard Stick, especially the hockey players. In my mind, I totally feel like they’re real people. Hard Stick is a sexy, romantic suspense. It doesn’t center around hockey the entire book. I wanted to throw in other elements. What I love most about the story is the connection between Kellan and Kristen, and also the connections they have with their friends. The bantering back and forth between the hockey players was fun to write. As far as the book, I love adding in the suspense factor. Kellan has been interested in Kristen for a while now, but she steers clear from men after she escaped from her psychotic ex. Kellan proves to be a man she can trust with not only her heart and soul, but her body as well. However, when her past comes back to haunt her, Kellan risks everything to keep her safe. Hard Stick isn’t light and fluffy, it’s sexy, action-packed and down right dirty.
What or who inspired you to become an author?
I’ve always been a big reader. I used to only read books by traditional authors, but then I discovered indie authors. I had no clue what an indie author was at the time, but I read a few books by one of my favorites, Quinn Loftis. Needless to say, I fell in love with her books and stalked her on Facebook. I befriended her and about died when she took the time to reply back to my messages. After that, I discovered new authors and became friends with them as well. For years, I wanted to write a book, but I always thought it was impossible. Quinn gave me the push I needed to get started. Now, she’s one of my good friends and I’m still astounded to this day.
If you were a teacher, what book would you assign your class?
Anne of Green Gables. It’s one of my favorites
What’s your favorite thing about writing?
My favorite thing is being able to live in a different world for a while. When I’m writing, I can see those characters and imagine I’m right there with them. It’s an escape from reality. Plus, I can do all the things in my books that I haven’t been able to do in real life. My characters can travel the world and be whoever they want to be. Basically, I’m living vicariously through them and I love it.
If you could have dinner with anyone, alive or dead, who would you choose and why?
The answer to this question is simple, but it’s also hard as well. I would have to say my grandmother. I’d give anything to see her again. She died before I began writing so she didn’t get to see how much my life has changed. I used to confide in her about everything. I would’ve loved to see her face while she read passages in my books. She knew all of my deepest and darkest secrets. It’d be nice to have her back for even just a few minutes. The only problem would be having to say goodbye to her.
If you had an extra hour each day, how would you spend it?
Binge watching past episodes of the Game of Thrones. I’ve already watched them three times now. I’m OBSESSED with that show!
What scene in Hard Stick was your favorite to write?
Definitely the scene where Kristen finds out from Dallas that Kellan made a bet he could get her to go out with him. It’s really funny. I love the banter between Kristen and Kellan after that.
Do you have a motto, quote or philosophy you live by?
Yes … KEEP SMILING. Even when times are hard and things might not be going my way, I keep on smiling. I wasn’t nicknamed Smiley all my life for nothing.
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